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Inspirational chef wins Local Food Hero award

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CHEF AWARD: Chad Byrne won the Kerry and All-Munster Local Food Hero award at the Irish Restaurant Awards. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

One inspirational chef has won a Local Food Hero award at the Irish Restaurant Awards.
Chad Byrne, Head Chef at The Brehon Hotel, won the Kerry award and the All-Munster award last week in the Strand Hotel Limerick, for his Chef Collab initiative which encourages and mentors aspiring young chefs.

He will now be going to the All-Ireland Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) awards in Dublin this May.

“The award was on behalf of the work I do in the food industry promoting young chefs, with a popup venture called Chef Collab, this is a side line to my job at The Brehon Hotel, who have been very supportive,” Chad told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“Just two weeks ago we did an All-Ireland event for the Irish Hotel Federation at the Gleneagle with local junior chefs from Killarney been mentored.”

At Chef Collab we pair commis chefs just starting out and eager to improve with the most elite chefs in the country and overseas, he explained.
“Each junior chef goes away to work with his or her mentor for a few days to learn and design a course that they will use for the Chef Collab pop up event. The events highlight talented chefs of the future and all the good aspects of our industry. We keep the events as close to cost price as possible, keeping it accessible for all. We also try to incorporate as many local and indigenous suppliers as possible making it a very holistic approach to food.”
The next Chef Collab event takes place in Killarney on May 26, he added.
“Look online for tickets as they usually go within a few hours of release.”

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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